The best team won, I respect the players but hate the franchise.
Early predicton: Kings win it all next year. They've been taking the kind of baby steps some great teams go through.
It reminds me of the Bad Boy Pistons ripening as the Celtics grew old, and Jordan maturing to the point he trusted his teammates (and had good ones) enough to eventually beat the Pistons.
Sacramento has been fighting wars since that first round series with the Jazz in '99, and improving every year. (As much fun as Jason Williams is to watch Bibby is so many light years better.)
I think their hunger combined with complacancy by the Lakers will make it Sacto's turn.
As far as the East...<flips coin, rolls dice, consults Magic 8-Ball> Jersey again, as Kidd wins MVP!
Unless, of course, the fix is in...
Edit: Just had a thought, Jackson may be able to sell Shaq and Kobe on the historical significance of the 4peat, and get one more run out of them. Sooner or later, as level-headed as Kobe is, he's gotta start to feel lost in Shaq's shadow.
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